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UCLan’s ‘friend in Guangdong’ wins major international award

06 December 2012

Press Office

Journalism lecturer collects prestigious award

A journalism lecturer from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has received a major international honour for his pioneering work in the Chinese province of Guangdong.

At a recent ceremony in the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou, south China, Matt Horn received the prestigious Guangdong International Friendship Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of the province.

“It is a great honour to have been given this award,” said Matt, who has been the course leader of the International Journalism franchise programme run in partnership with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) since it began in 2005.

Matt was the only British person among the 14 award winners and it follows the Friend of Guangdong award he won seven years ago.

“It is a great honour to have been given this award”


Huang Longyun, Chairman of the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Guangdong Committee presented Matt with the award at an event also attended by Governor Zhu Xiaodan, Guangdong Party Secretary Wang Yang and China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi.

Matt added: “It was a day that was both exciting and exhausting but is another memory I will treasure long after I have left this Province.

“I genuinely do not know how or why I was among the 14 foreign people in this province selected for the award but I am grateful, happy and proud. I love Guangzhou, I love Guangdong.”

Having arrived in Guangzhou in April 2003, joining his wife Alison Roberts who had been asked to run the International Business Communication course that UCLan had set up with GDUFS, Matt originally worked for the local partner teaching on their journalism degree programmes.

“I am grateful, happy and proud. I love Guangzhou, I love Guangdong”


He was involved in setting up UCLan’s International Journalism franchise degree from the Chinese side and was then appointed as the first in country course leader. Last year he won an Excellence in Teaching Award from UCLan.

As well as teaching at GDUFS, he has always worked hard to develop links with local media. He has written for a range of newspapers and magazines in China and has hosted “My Guangdong” on both Radio Guangdong and World Radio Network for nearly nine years. For the past year he has also been the host of “Face Time” on GDTV World channel.

Matt is also a former UCLan student having taken the Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism in 1990.